By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class (AW) Kevin S. O’Brien, Secretary of the Navy Public Affairs
Secretary of the Navy, the Honorable Dr. Donald C. Winter, arrived on March 23 for a three-day visit in as a guest of the Israel Ministry of Defense and the Israel Navy Commander in Chief, Vice Admiral Eli Marum. This visit is a continuation of the strong ties and extensive collaboration between the and U.S. Naval Forces.
This is Winter's first visit in as the Secretary of the Navy. His first visit to the country was in 1998 when he arrived with a delegation of U.S. Military Industry Seniors.
During his stay, he met with the Minister of Defense, Mr. Ehud Barak, Chief of the General Staff, Lieutenant General Gabi Ashkenazi, General Manager of the Israeli Ministry of Defense, Mr. Pinchas Buchris, and senior officers in the Israel Defense forces.
During his stay, he toured the Haifa Naval Base and spent the day underway aboard INS Lahar, and upon arrival back to , he toured the Israeli Dolphin submarine, INS Takuma. Winter also visited Plasan Sasa, an Israeli defense corporation, in Kibbutz Sasa in the northern part of the country.